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Local bus services can provide a link between train stations and scenic areas off the river, making it possible to reach many villages and châteaux by bus. However, many routes are in place to service schoolchildren, meaning service is less frequent in summer and sometimes all but nonexistent on Sunday, so only consider the bus if you have no other options. Inquire at tourist offices about routes and timetables, as the bus companies rarely have any information available in English. The leading companies are Les Rapides du Val de Loire, based in Orléans; TLC, serving Chambord and Cheverny from Blois; Touraine Fil Vert and Fil Bleu, both of which serve the Touraine region, including out-of-the-way Loches; and Anjou Bus. The hardest place to reach is the magical Château d'Ussé, but there's one municipal bus line to Rigny-Ussé that connects with Chinon—when in doubt, taxi. For Fontevraud, catch buses from Saumur.
Anjou Bus (Pl. Michel-Debré, Angers, 49941. 02–41–81–49–72. www.anjoubus.fr.)
Fil Bleu (9 rue Michelet, Tours, 37000. 02–47–66–70–70. www.filbleu.fr.)
Les Rapides du Val de Loire (11 ave. André Marie Ampère, St Jean de Braye, 45800. 02–38–61–90–00. www.rvl-info.com.)
TLC (Transports du Loir-et-Cher) (9 rue Alexandre-Vézin, Blois, 41000. 02–54–58–55–44. tlcinfo.net.)
Touraine Fil Vert (Pl. du Géneral Leclerc, Tours, 37000. 02–47–05–30–49. www.tourainefilvert.com.)
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